Monday, November 12, 2012

Avocado Coconut Chocolate Cowboy Cookies

In case it is somehow still unclear to you, I have a pretty serious sweet tooth. It's a partial cause of why I've struggled with my weight my whole life (one of many other bad eating habits), but it's also something that does not magically go away. Choosing to go paleo for me was about getting control of my life again starting with just one thing- what I eat every day. Part of working on my sweet tooth has been getting sugar, high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrose, agave, sweet N low, equal, splenda, truvia crap out of my diet completely. I find myself feeling amazing since I did this, and when I cheat I willingly cheat with real legit sugar or not at all- at least I can identify sugar in it's cane form. I have no intimate working knowledge of how the others come into existence- but really I just want them out of my body.

So for me if I want any sweetener it's raw honey. It's the only thing I use, I'm thinking about trying to make a recipe with maple syrup- but we'll see. Why does this come up? today I ordered a fun latte at Square Cafe from their winter drink menu and it was delightful- but it had sugar in it, and I have spent the 7 hours since having it feeling like crap for my indulgence. So if my body and my moods are the experiment, I think today's poor choice proves that overall being paleo and staying the course makes me feel far better than the alternative. 

Furthermore, knowing that I enjoy sweets so much, baking acceptable honey based sweets is an important part of creating success for myself in this diet. So today's recipe is one such recipe that uses only honey for the sweetener and as today was my first time making it can I just rejoice about what a resounding success if was?

1 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 ripe bananas
1/4 ripe avocado (about 1/4 cup)
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
2.5 tbsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2/3 or 1 cup chocolate chips, Enjoy Life dairy-free kind or dark chocolate chopped

In a large bowl mix all wet ingredients. Start by mashing avocado into the banana. Then add milk, honey, vinegar, vanilla, eggs, and coconut - mix well. Next add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. mix together assuring that coconut flour has been well mixed. 

Spoon 1-2 tbsp of batter into hand and roll into ball and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. These cookies do not spread so you can load your cookies pretty close to each other. Put in oven 20-24 minutes until edges are golden brown. Your house will smell like banana bread. These cookies taste like heaven. And read the ingredients, there really isn't anything to leave you dragging in them. So that's a win.

Also the cookies are seriously small, so you can totally eat 2 without feeling bad about it- I find.

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